I remember, pre-baby days, some of our funnest nights used to be during a big awards show. The Grammy's, Golden Globes, Oscars always provided a reason to get together, open some booze, and get some good eating in. We used to even have dinner parties where we would have a pool and try to guess who was going to win the big categories. I never won.
Tonight is the Oscars and I am embarrassed to say that I haven't seen ANY of the movies that are up for awards. The closest I have come is hearing about how wonderful The King's Speech was and hoping to see The Black Swan. Actually, our nanny watched Toy Story 3 one night on our Pay-per-view. Does that count? I guess this year, the party will be taking place at someone else's house and hubby, Stella and I will be creating our own new, tradition for awards shows. I mean, it really is about what everyone is wearing, isn't it?
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While hot, carefully open package and dump into a large bowl. Drizzle oil over the popcorn, and toss the popcorn with your hands to coat. Add the cheese and toss again. Season, to taste, with salt. Cool. Transfer to a sealed container or serve immediately.
Sweet and Spicy Popcorn:
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 (3.5-ounce) package natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind), popped
Put the sugar, butter, and chili powder in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on medium (50 percent power) until butter melts, about 1 minute. Stir to dissolve sugar. Drizzle over freshly popped popcorn; and toss to evenly coat. Cool. Transfer to a sealed container or serve immediately.
Rocky Road Popcorn:
1 (3.5-ounce) package natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind)
1 cup mini or regular chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup salted peanuts, optional
Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While it's still hot, carefully open and dump into a large bowl. Add the chips and marshmallows.
Return popcorn to the microwave. Cook on high until the chips and marshmallows get gooey, about 1 minute. Add the peanuts, if desired, and toss with a spoon until all the popcorn is coated. Cool until chocolate hardens, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a sealed container or serve immediately.